Across the United States, religious health-care corporations are absorbing once secular and independent hospitals and in the process imposing religious restrictions that sometimes pit standard medical practice against theology.
Among the new restrictions appearing in anti-choice bills nationwide, it is the medical malpractice liability shields that have the potential to alter, perhaps permanently, women’s relationship with the civil justice system and their status as patients.
A bill to guarantee patients a right to get honest medical information and judgment from their doctors is being sponsored by Alabama Senator Linda Coleman. It was introduced only yesterday but has already been used as an amendement to an extreme anti-choice bill in Wisconsin.
Do doctors really deceive their patients in order to “protect the child” from an abortion? As Michelle Goldberg writes in the Daily Beast, yes.
The Arizona Senate passed a bill that would prohibit any medical malpractice lawsuits against physicians who chose to withhold valuable information regarding their patient’s pregnancy that could lead her and her family to seek termination.
Much like a similar law passed in Oklahoma, the Arizona version would completely destroy any faith in the doctor-patient relationship.
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